The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Joe Skovron, caddy for PGA TOUR star Rickie Fowler, will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to working with Fowler, Skovron coached at La Verne, leading the program to a NCAA Division III Championships runner-up finish.
With Skovron on his bag, Fowler has consistently found himself ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking. He has six wins worldwide and represented the United States in three Ryder Cups and one Presidents Cup. In 2014, Fowler placed in the top five in all four majors. He claimed PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors in 2010.
“The WGCA is looking forward to having Joe Skovron at our convention,” said WGCA President Kristi Knight. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our coaches to gain insight from the PGA Tour caddie who has helped Rickie Fowler win tournaments and been a part of Ryder Cup action. Many times college coaches take on the role of caddie. Joe's knowledge and experience is something we can learn from and take to our players.”
“Joe Skovron will give our coaches an incredible perspective as a PGA Tour Caddy for Rickie Fowler,” said GCAA President Andrew Sapp. “Hearing of his experiences helping Rickie in the Majors and at events like the Ryder Cup will be invaluable. Often times as college coaches we act as caddies for our players during a round and learning from Joe will not only be a unique experience, but a valuable one that we can take back to our campuses and directly affect our players.”
Skovron played collegiately at La Verne where he twice earned PING All-America honors. He also excelled in the classroom, twice earning Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honors and graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2004.
Following his graduation from La Verne, Skovron played professionally for three years before returning to his alma mater to coach. The Leopards finished second at the 2009 NCAA Division Championships under his direction. Mitchell Fedorka was named Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol recipient and was joined on the PING All-America First Team by Rizal Amin and Andrew Kramer.
An inductee into the La Verne Athletic Hall of Fame, Skovron currently serves the school as a volunteer assistant coach.
About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
About the Golf Coaches Association of America
Established in 1958, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) is the professional organization of golf coaches. The GCAA's mission is to support its member coaches by creating educational opportunities, providing resources, and promoting its members with the purpose of enhancing their overall performance as coaches, mentors, and teachers. The GCAA also recognizes the excellence and achievements of its members and their student-athletes in academic, athletic and civic endeavors.
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